Honda wants driving an electric car to be fun and passionate, just as some of its thermal cars have been in recent years. The Prelude Concept is the first step toward this.
The Japanese firm knows that it has to do very well to put electric alternatives on the market with exciting driving. Its thermal vehicles in recent years have set a very high bar, although Honda believes that its next electric cars will be equally sporty and passionate.
A good example of this has been one of the models exhibited during the 2023 Tokyo Motor Show. This is none other than the rebirth of the legendary Honda Prelude, a sports coupe that a generation fell in love with a few decades ago. Now, this concept revives that model, although in the form of a 100% electric vehicle and with higher features.
A first look at the electric sports car
Honda wants to launch a whole range of electric vehicles in the coming years. To do this, you will need alternatives of all kinds; from coupes to SUVs, including sedans and sports cars. The first glimpse of this hypothetical future away from electric SUVs will be the Prelude.
Like its latest versions, the Prelude Concept features a two-door coupe-type body. On the front, it shows the clear appendages of a current electric Honda, with thin and stylized headlights and an LED light line that crosses the entire width of the front. As it is an electric vehicle, it does not have large ventilation inlets but is limited to a small opening in the lower bumper.
In the profile, there are wheels very similar to those already present on the Honda Civic Type R, while painted brake calipers are housed inside them. The rear, for its part, has optical groups that cross the entire width of the vehicle and place the model name itself in the center of the set. In general terms, the Prelude Concept could be considered a fully completed model ready to begin commercial work. It does not have, as in other cases, exaggerated or unbelievable lines.
Certainly, the company has given very few details about this vehicle, beyond the fact that it is 100% electric. Nor has it shown images of its cabin, although it is expected that it can have space to transport up to four passengers and has the dashboard already seen in other models, such as the Civic or the ZR-V.
As they learned from Autocar, present at the Japanese event, Toshihiro Mibe, CEO of the company, has admitted that the new Prelude aims to “embody Honda’s unalterable sporting mentality. It is a specialized sports model that will offer an exciting experience that will make you want to keep going forever. Although no market arrival date or technical details have been revealed, the person in charge assured that “we are diligently progressing in its development.”